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Sova

sova


Here's another could-be name - one that exists as a word, but not as a name in the U.S. Sova (SO-vah) means "owl" in Czech, Slovenian, Slovakian, Bosnian and Croatian. This feminine noun comes from Proto-Slavic sova.

"Little owl" is cute as a nickname, but short and elegant Sova really brings something special to the table as a given name. In the U.S. this has not been used as a name more than 4 times in any given year, leaving us no SSA data. It does not appear on recent popularity charts in the countries in which it means "owl."

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  1. Gosh! This for me, is one of those names that I want to use and love SO bad but can't help but think of "Sophie". And for me, Sophie is just too blah. Granted, it's a cute and lovely name- just a name I don't happen to jive with at all. Thanks for posting it tho!!! ❤️

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  2. I like Sophie too, but when I say Sova there is a heavier emphasis on the "so" syllable, making it a bit more exotic.

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  3. I think you confused the two forms of 'sova' there. The Slavic 'sova' is different to that of the Swedish and Faroese 'sova' whereby the latter is a VERB meaning 'to sleep' but the former is a completely separate NOUN referring to an owl and I can't find any connection between 'owl' and 'to sleep.'

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  4. You're right, I will go back and correct it!

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  5. What a sweet idea! Sova reminds me of Tove/Tova but feels a little softer and gentler. I love the symbolic connotation of “wisdom” too.

    I recognise it as a Russian and a Polish speaker too: сова (sa-VA) and sowa (SO-va).

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